What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri, which may also be referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension or benign intracranial hypertension, occurs when pressure inside the skull increases, often for no apparent reason. While the causes of the disorder are still being debated, the increased intracranial pressure characteristic of the condition may be due to the accumulation or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
Pseudotumor cerebri is far more common in women than men, and is especially prevalent in obese women of childbearing age. While the condition only occurs in about 1 person per 100,000 in the general public, obese women under 44 years of age are almost 20x more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder. Other risk factors may include:
- Kidney disease
- Lyme disease
- Anemia from iron deficiency
- Certain medications, such as tetracycline, steroids, or birth control pills like Yaz
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri are similar to those caused by large brain tumors, and may include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Eye injury (papilledema)
- Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vision loss
How is Pseudotumor Cerebri Treated?
There are a number of different treatment options, including prescription medications to reduce the buildup of CSF or lumbar punctures to keep the pressure down to a safe level. Weight loss may be helpful at treating or even curing the condition. Surgery may be performed to open the sheath surrounding the optic nerves, which relieves pressure and prevents vision loss. In severe cases, a shunt may be implanted to drain the CSF out of the brain.
Yaz Side Effects
Yaz has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Heart Attack
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Pulmonary Embolism (an artery in the lung is blocked)
- Blood Clots (Non-Vaginal)
- Kidney Failure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Hepatic Adenomas
- Sudden Death